The first thing you need to do is find a great container that will accent the space you wish to put it. It can be anything that you find laying around in your garage or attic, be creative! We will have some great examples directly from the greenhouse later on. If your planter doesn’t have holes in the bottom, use a drill to put them in so that the planter holds soil but the water can drain out. Now pick a few great quality plants that go along with your color scheme or planter, you can mix and match 4.5 inch pots and 3 packs to give a more diverse look.
You will also want to make sure that the plants you choose meet the sunlight requirements for the space you plan on displaying them in. Next fill your planter with quality soil, and you are ready to start planting! While planting the flowers do not plant them too low or too high in the soil. A good rule to follow is to make sure the plant are the same depth as it was in the container you are transplanting from. At Hook’s we prefer to put trailing plants up front and put the focal flower in the middle. Then we add little pops of color with different smaller flowers to finish out the look. Here are some specific examples of planters that we have created at Hook’s:
#1. This is an old toolbox that we transformed into a spring planter that can take a light frost so it’s great for an early addition to your garden. For a spring planter we recommend Pansies, Lysimachia (Creeping Jenny), Spiral Grass, Geraniums, or Hens and Chicks. This particular toolbox is made of wood, which will not last as long outside compared to metal. You can add a clear coat varnish to the wooden planters so they will last longer.
#2. This Bicycle planter is in a coconut fiber liner with sweet potato vine, gerbera daisies, blue lobelia, and diamond frost. This lovely arrangement is a great color combination to start out with if you are unsure what will look good together.
#3. This example is an old pig feeder. For this particular type of planter, it is important that there are plenty of drainage holes in the bottom so that the roots do not drown or rot out in the pot. Here we used Sweet Potato Vine, Double Pink Red Leaf Begonias, Isicle Plant, Sunbini and White Alysum.
#4. Old milk pails, washtubs, and roasting pans are great for a unique piece in your garden. In this particular planter, we show a super low-maintenance sun planter filled with Geraniums, Bidens, Marigolds, and Swedish Ivy. You can also see in the picture a great example of a succulent planter. We recommend Cactus, Agave, Spikes, Hens and Chicks, and/ or Sedum.
#5. This is an old chicken lamp inside a canning pot. Remember, anything can be made into a beautiful planter, so be creative and add multiple items to make a themed combo planter! It can be hard to drill holes in old crockery, so sometimes a nail and hammer can do the trick!! Planted inside are Pansies, Lobelia, Sweet Alysum, Geraniums and then accented with craft store moss.